Joe Bishop (November 27, 1907, Monticello, Arkansas - May 12, 1976, Houston, Texas) was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist and composer.
Bishop learned piano, trumpet, and tuba when young, and also played flugelhorn and mellophone. He attended Hendrix College, and played professionally with the Louisiana Ramblers in 1927, including in Mexico. He then played with Mart Britt, Al Katz, and Austin Wylie before joining Isham Jones's band for five years. He was a founding member of Woody Herman's band in the 1930s, but he contracted tuberculosis in 1940 and had to leave the group. He was rehired by Herman as a staff arranger later in the 1940s, and his arrangements and compositions were recorded frequently by Herman, appearing on some 50 of Herman's albums. As a performer, Bishop played with Cow Cow Davenport and Jimmy Gordon's Vip Vop Band, but retired from studio work due to his health in the 1950s. He quit music and opened a store in Saranac Lake, New York, and later retired to Texas.
Bishop's compositions include "Midnight Blue", "Woodchopper's Ball", and "Blue Prelude" (with Gordon Jenkins), and his work has been covered by musicians as diverse as Ten Years After and Lawrence Welk.
Birth and Death Data: Born November 27th, 1907 (Monticello), Died May 12th, 1976 (Houston)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1940
Roles Represented in DAHR: flugelhorn, composer, arranger, songwriter
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 151 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-47027||10-in.||9/14/1928||Regret will be joy||Mart Britt||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-75736||10-in.||4/6/1933||Blue prelude||Isham Jones Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-76574||10-in.||7/6/1933||Blue prelude||George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra ; Loretta Lee||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-76735||10-in.||7/24/1933||Jealousy||Isham Jones Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-78201||10-in.||10/13/1933||Jealousy||Isham Jones Orchestra ; Gertrude Niesen||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-83177||10-in.||7/16/1934||Out of space||Isham Jones Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-83180||10-in.||7/16/1934||Blue lament||Isham Jones Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-89794||10-in.||5/13/1935||Nothin' but the blues||Gene Gifford Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-89795||10-in.||5/13/1935||New Orleans twist||Gene Gifford Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-035768||10-in.||4/19/1939||Blue evening||Bob Allen ; Hal Kemp Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-035784||10-in.||4/24/1939||Blue evening||Three Reasons ; Dick Todd||Male vocal solo, with female vocal trio and jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-037152||10-in.||5/25/1939||Blue evening||Ray Eberle ; Glenn Miller Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-042729||10-in.||9/25/1939||Out of space||Ray Eberle ; Glenn Miller Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-042981||10-in.||10/18/1939||Out of space||Hal Kemp Orchestra ; Nan Wynn||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-063827||10-in.||4/29/1941||Blue prelude||New Music [Shep Fields]||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Decca||61389||10-in.||11/6/1936||Wintertime dreams||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||61390||10-in.||11/6/1936||Someone to care for me||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||61403||10-in.||11/10/1936||The goose hangs high||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||61404||10-in.||11/10/1936||Now that Summer is gone||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||61405||10-in.||11/10/1936||I can't pretend||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||61406||10-in.||11/10/1936||Old-fashioned swing||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||61447||10-in.||12/3/1936||Mr. Ghost goes to town||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||61448||10-in.||12/3/1936||Better get off your high horse||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||62150||10-in.||4/26/1937||Dupree blues||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
|Decca||62151||10-in.||4/26/1937||Doctor Jazz||Woody Herman Orchestra||instrumentalist, flugelhorn|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bishop, Joe," accessed June 17, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108488.
Bishop, Joe. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 17, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108488.
"Bishop, Joe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 June 2021.
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